Grace Episcopal Day School

Grace Episcopal Day School logo9411 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
(240) 292-5237

  • Full-time or half-day/part-time with late pickup options
  • Early Drop off, Afternoon enrichment, Late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Emergent Curriculum — we use the principles of play-based learning to build on children’s curiosity
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopal
  • Language instruction: Spanish beginning in Kindergarten

What does it look like when a school built to provide an excellent education to children from across Greater Washington lives its mission? And when that school cultivates each individual child’s capacity to feel, to wonder, to create, and to relate to others with empathy and kindness? The answer is Grace.

Our Early Childhood program weaves expertise in how children learn into our pedagogy from Preschool through Grade 1, protecting childhood and nurturing the curiosity that is the seed and spark of a lifelong love of learning. The hallmark of Early Childhood education at Grace, emergent curriculum grows units of learning from ideas that “emerge” from the students themselves. Emergent curriculum uses principles of play-based learning – imagining, pretending, observing, wondering, questioning – to build on children’s curiosity. With the facilitation of highly trained teachers, one child’s observation can lead to another’s question and grow into a unit on a topic such as space travel or robotics. In these units, students as young as three draw, tinker, build, research, sing, share, and dramatize.

Class offerings:

Preschool (3s): M-F 8:45-12:00 (half day) or 8:45-3:15 (full day)
Prekindergarten (4s): M-F 8:45-12:00 (half day) or 8:45-3:15 (full day)

Enrichment offerings: Weekly after school classes

Openings this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 by Sept. 1, 2018


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